|November 2, 2011|
|T.J. Warren (Durham, North Carolina), a Brewster Academy senior, announced today his intent to join the North Carolina State University men’s basketball team next season. |
“I felt real comfortable with the staff and had a feeling from day one that I could really see myself playing at North Carolina State. I trusted the coaching staff and really think they can prepare me for the next level to reach my potential,” Warren said.
“TJ is an extremely gifted offense talent,” commented Jason Smith, Brewster Academy’s head coach. “He has great size for a wing and can score at three different levels. He will be a tremendous addition to Coach (Mark) Gottfried's program at NC State. I know he's excited about returning home to Raleigh for his college career in the ACC.”
The small forward is indeed excited to return to his hometown for his college career. “It’s a unique situation that I get to play ball in my former hometown. I’m very excited about it.”
At North Carolina State, Warren will be a legacy player, as father Tony played for the Wolfpack from 1976-1979.
For now, 800 miles north of Wolfpack territory, Warren is focused on school and basketball on the campus of Brewster Academy, a community he selected to prepare himself for the rigors of college athletics and academics. “The academics are outstanding here and the support and administration are amazing,” he said.
“I’m trying to prepare myself for the next level with all the resources such as the training room, facilities, and coaching staff. Coach Smith and Coach (Josh) Lee love winning and their program is one of the top in this country so it feels good to be part of the Brewster family.”
The Brewster season opens on Monday when the Bobcats face off at home against CJEOTO Academy, and Warren is not short of goals for his season with one of the top ranked prep teams in the country.
“My goals for the season are to go out and play hard and show my skills, be the best player on the floor, be a play maker, hustle, and play a good all around game.”
Among Warren’s final four school selections were the University of Florida, Georgetown University, and the University of North Carolina.